A FOOTBALL shirt from the 1966 World Cup semi-final has been discovered in a house in Ashbourne.
The shirt, which was worn by West German footballing legend Franz Beckenbauer, is due to go up for auction on Monday, June 23 and could fetch around £5,000.
Auctioneer Charles Hanson said: “The football shirt is a wonderful find since it was worn by one of Germany’s greatest ever footballing stars, Franz Beckenbauer, in the semi-final of the 1966 World Cup, and the story of how it came to be left in Derbyshire really is quite remarkable”.
As the 1966 World Cup was played throughout England, it was arranged that the German players stay at The Peveril of the Peak Hotel in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
While most teams preferred the more vibrant cities in the Midlands, metropolises such as Leicester and Birmingham, the German team arrived in Ashbourne, a small Derbyshire market town, on Friday, July 14.
Dr Wilfried Gerhardt, press officer to the German team at the time, explained in an official book about the 1966 campaign, “The players came and saw Derbyshire and were wildly enthusiastic.
“They said ‘whoever sought these living quarters deserves a medal’”.
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